The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will mark its 22nd year as the nation's premier show of American contemporary craft from Thursday, October 29, through Sunday, November 1, 1998. Held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Craft Show is juried by the most distinguished experts in the various fields of craft art. This year's jurors include: Rita Greenfield, Co-Owner, Gallery 500, Elkins Park, PA; Frank Lewis, Editor, Metalsmith Magazine, Milwaukee, WI; David McFadden, Chief Curator, American Craft Museum, New York, NY; Mary McFadden, Fashion Designer, New York, NY; and Darrel Sewell, Curator of American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. The panel of jurors selected 195 craft artists from over 1,600 applicants. Craft categories included in the 1998 Craft Show are: basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and wood. Visit the show's website at http://www.libertynet.org/~pmacraft/.
An installation of whimsical, beautiful and fantastical masks will be a unique feature of the 1998 Craft Show. All the works in the Masks exhibition are by Craft Show exhibitors, and are created in each artist's medium-leather, ceramic, and even glass!
Living with Crafts, a special exhibition sponsored by Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, will focus on the use and display of contemporary craft art in the home. This year's display will include a dining room complete with extraordinary table settings, a child's fanciful bedroom, and a sunny solarium, all inventively furnished with works by artists in the 1998 Craft Show, will be on display.
Hours for the Craft Show are: Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. General admission is $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12. Group admission can be arranged for groups of 10 or more by calling the Craft Show office. For general Craft Show information, group admission information, please call the Craft Show Office at (215) 684-7930. The Pennsylvania Convention Center, the site of the Craft Show, is located at 12th and Arch Streets in Philadelphia.
A special preview party for the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show will be held on Wednesday, October 28, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.; call (215) 684-7930 for tickets. The Craft Show is presented by The Women's Committee and Craft Show Committee for the benefit of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is the largest single fundraising event for the Museum and has raised a total of over $4.3 million over the last 21 years. The funds raised are used to purchase works of art and craft for the Museum's permanent collections, fund conservation and publication projects, and support exhibitions and education programs. Proceeds from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show have also endowed a curatorship and have helped to make possible special undertakings such as the recently completed reinstallation of the Museum's European collections. The 22nd annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is organized and coordinated by Ellen B. Simon, Chair; Marsha W. Rothman, Vice-Chair; and Nancy C. O'Meara, Show Manager.